We were told to “validate all train tickets before boarding, by stamping it in one of the yellow boxes (marked Convalida). Traveling with an unstamped ticket is technically the same as traveling without ticket.” However, there were no yellow boxes in the train station in Rome and no one ever checked our tickets. It’s probably still a good idea to be safe.
1.00 EUR = 1.25644 USD
Website for basic Italian phrases www.fodors.com/language/italian/basic-phrases
When you’re caught up in the sightseeing, and being bustled to and fro by hundreds of other tourists with their cameras and their guidebooks, it can be easy to forget that the churches are also places of worship. There are dress restrictions if you plan on entering a church (and you really should, as many of the most remarkable works of art in Rome are to be found inside churches). Prepare yourself by dressing conservatively. Avoid showing too much skin and ensure that both your shoulders and your knees are covered—this means no vest tops or shorts / short skirts, even in hot weather.
Rome Tourist Information
Tourist information for Rome, including tips on getting around, safe travelling, and trip planning. www.romefile.com
Things to Do before you leave
Contact your debit- and credit-card companies: Call your bank and credit card company to let them know which countries you’ll be visiting so they don’t decline foreign transactions. While you have them on the line, confirm your debit cards daily withdrawal limit, request an increase if you want, and ask about fees for international transactions.
Stash photocopies of important travel documents: Make copies of your valuable documents so they will be easily replaced if lost or stolen. In fact, make two sets of photocopies of your passport and rail pass or hotel reservations . (For debit and credit cards, just record the numbers, rather than photocopy them.) Pack one copy and leave the other with a buddy at home, to be faxed or emailed to you in case of an emergency.
When riding on any public transportation, watch out for thieves. Per capita, there are more pickpockets on Europe’s subway trains and buses and Rome Plaza than just about anywhere else. They congregate wherever there are crowds. Wearing a money belt is the best way to avoid having your pockets picked (I used a money clip in my front pocket). Tourists can be spotted a mile away so beware. Another of the top things to avoid when traveling is the people near and around the tourist sites such as the Coliseum, who will gladly pose for a picture with you, and then insist you pay 5 Euros. Pay only if you choose to and only after asking first is there a charge. We also experienced this type of scam with people giving out roses outside of churches.
Leave passports and valuables at your local residence or hotel. Ladies should only carry bags that strap across your body.
Another of the top things to avoid when traveling in Rome, Italy is the umbrella vendors. It will rain so take your own travel umbrella.